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Why Should You Get Rid Of Your Tree Stumps?

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Tree stumps can sit in yards for months or years without anyone taking action to get rid of them. However, tree stumps can create problems for homeowners. Knowing what kind of problems tree stumps can create and how you can get rid of your tree stump can help you decide what kind of action to take about any tree stumps in your yard

Why should you get rid of your tree stump?

Tree stumps present a number of problems when left to rot in the yard. Some of the most common problems presented by tree stumps include:

  • Mowing. Mowing around a tree stump can be a challenge. Raised tree roots can make it difficult to maneuver a lawn mower, while the shape of the tree stump itself may make it difficult to cut grass touching the trunk.  
  • Aesthetics. Tree stumps can be unsightly, especially when they grow "suckers," which are short, weak branches. Suckers cluster together and can resemble shrubs. Suckers are not new trees, and will never grow to be as large or strong as the original tree. 
  • Pests. Over time, a rotten tree stump can become a home for termites or carpenter ants. While this is not necessarily a problem on its own, if the tree stump is close to your property this can result in a wood-destroying pest entering your home.  
  • Safety. A tree stump that's low enough in the grass can become a tripping hazard to anyone who doesn't know it's there.

Can you get rid a your tree stump on your own?

Yes, you can get rid of a tree stump on your own. To remove your tree stump, follow this steps:

  1. Drill several large holes deep into the stump. Use a spade bit to make the holes large and wide. Line the perimeter with the holes, and put several holes in the center as well.
  2. Fill the holes with kerosine.
  3. Allow the kerosine to soak into the holes for a few weeks.
  4. Clear all brush away from the stump. Get rid of all dead grass, leaves, twigs and other debris.
  5. Light the stump on fire by dropping a match into one of the holes in the stump.
  6. Allow the stump to smolder for several days. Put up a temporary fence around the stump to keep out animals and children. 
  7. Put out the fire after the trunk has smoldered from the inside out for several days. 

This method is effective, but takes several weeks to complete. In addition, some communities don't allow homeowners to burn tree stumps. Look into your local regulations before taking on this kind of project. If you decide that burning the tree stump is not for you, contact a  professional tree service in your area. Prices can vary depending on the size of the stump, location and other factors. To find out how much the stump removal would cost and how long it would take, have the tree service, like Smitty's Tree Service Inc, come to your home to generate a quote.